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posted Friday, August 24, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 34
'Reflecting Back& Marching Forward!' Seattle to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on August 28
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'Reflecting Back& Marching Forward!' Seattle to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on August 28

Statewide coalition commemorates historic event with local march, renaming of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, support for NFL players and Initiative 1000 call to action

It has been 55 years since the 1963 March on Washington when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his iconic 'I Have A Dream' speech. On August 28, The MLK Commemoration Committee, comprised of over 40 community leaders and organizations, will host a March & Rally connecting history with contemporary issues for Social Justice.

On Tuesday, August 28, the community is invited to the following activities:

March
5:30pm at E. Union & 19th Ave. (Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Ave.) going north to E. Madison.

Up to 1,000 citizens will march along from Union Street to Mount Zion Baptist Church along 19th Ave., named for the late Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney, classmate, colleague and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Church Bells Toll For Change
6pm at Mount Zion Baptist Church
1634 Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Ave.
(19th and E. Madison)
As 20 bells ring from Gideon Bell Tower, community members will call out educational, economic and civil rights lost by women and people of color over the 20 years since the passage of I-200. A free reception featuring a variety of ethnic dishes will follow.

The 55th Anniversary Commemoration Program
7pm at Mount Zion Baptist Church

The 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington is commemorated by speakers, as well as in poetry and song. John Creighton, Past President of the Seattle Port Commission will be the recipient of the 1st Annual Washington State Civil Rights Coalition, Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award for his outstanding contributions promoting social and economic equality.

Free parking is available in lots on 19th and/or 20th Aves, all handicapped-accessible.

The march, rally, and program will call attention to issues that affect African Americans and other people of color in our community:

MLK Park Name Change
Seattle City Council proclaims that MLK Jr. Park will be renamed the MLK Jr. Civil Rights Memorial Park to induct and honor deceased local, national and international civil rights leaders.

NFL Players Support
The NFL Players Association grievance over the league's new 'stand and show respect' for the National Anthem and revenue sharing program requiring 10% of each team's revenue be deposited in an African American owned bank and 30% of all pension funds to be invested in African American owned firms.

I-1000 Call to Action
Statewide call to reverse Tim Eyman's I-200 with I-1000: The rally will launch a statewide petition drive for 300,000 signatures to send I-1000 to the Washington State Legislature. I-1000 will restore Affirmative Action for women, veterans, minorities and the disabled in employment, education and government contract opportunities which was killed 20 years ago by I-200.

Event speakers will address the impact of the 1963 March on their organizations and current fights for social, economic, policy and political change. Speakers include Rev. James Stalling (Pastor Mt. Zion) Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Rev. Paul Benz (Faith Action Network of WA), Carmen Best (Chief Seattle Police Department), and Lynne Dodson (WA State Labor Council), Jorge Baron (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project), Hayward Evans (WA State Civil Rights Coalition), Nesby Glasgow (NFL Players Union), State Rep. Sharon Santos, Senator Bob Hasegawa, Bruce Harrell (Pres. Seattle City Council), Eddie Rye (Radio Talk Show Host/Co-Founder MLK Celebration Committee), Robert Upham (Dakota/Salish artist) and Attorney & Former State Rep. Jesse Wineberry (Co-Chair: I-1000 Campaign for Equality)

Event Coordinators: Martin Luther King Commemoration Committee?Co-Conveners, Hayward Evans and Eddie Rye Jr.

Event Sponsors: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Mount Zion Baptist Church, WA Federation of State Employees Local 843, Faith Action Network, MLK Jr. Celebration Committee, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, 1st AME Child & Family Center, Coalition of Labor Union Women.

Courtesy of the MLK Commemoration Committee

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